We find ourselves spending a lot of time sifting through product review websites as we try to make smart purchases. This can be a tedious process, and often we end up more unsure of what we’re looking for than when we started. That’s why we were really excited to discover The Wirecutter ,”a list of only great technology”.  Run by Brian Lam, a former Gizmodo and Wired writer, the site lists “the best” in gadgets, from phones and TVs to cables and wireless music, to vacuum cleaners and electric toothbrushes.

We came across the site while researching portable hard drives, and really loved the layout of Lam’s reviews.Lam names the Lenovo Thinkpad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive as the best, but gives a thorough explanation of his choice and offers a couple of cheaper options that he still recommends. At the end of his write-ups, he includes a list of the “best sources” on his product choices, so you have easy access to a few other reputable reviews and his evaluation process.

Best of all, we like the way he thinks. He has a big-picture sensibility, writing about the different aspects of what makes a given gadget valuable, and thinking two steps ahead of the consumer (like when he suggests a cheap online back-up storage plan on top of a hard drive). We compared our past purchases of things like a flat-screen and wireless speakers and found our sensibilities match, much more than Consumer Reports. We’re gonna keep this one bookmarked, and hope you find it helpful too.

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